What and What not to do when Ghost Hunting!
Ghost Hunting can be dangerous but both fun and eye-opening, so follow
these basic rules & advice and enjoy your Ghost Hunt!
Find a location and do your research.
Ghosts can be found almost anywhere so you need to decide what type of spirit you wish to encounter. From lost souls to murder victims, playful spirits to angry ones; find a location where reports include the type of energy you’d like to investigate.Find out as much as possible about the ghosts you may encounter. When do they appear? Where have they been spotted? Are they vocal? It’s very important you don’t waste your time and plan as much as possible before you decide to go ghost hunting.
Make Sure You Get Permission.
Always get permission to carry out your investigation because
if you don't you'll be trespassing and may be prosecuted
plus you'll have to pay for any damage.
Be very careful when investigating abandoned buildings.
If they are cordoned off it probably means they are
structurally unsafe and could be hiding hazards that could
hurt, or even kill you. Consider starting out by investigating
a public space such as a park where ghosts have been sighted.
Just ensure you are considerate, do no damage and take
everything with you when you leave (rubbish etc).
Don't go Ghost Hunting alone.
Because haunted places are often in dark and secluded locations it is essential that you go with other people for your own safety. You may also want to share the experience with a team and have other people there to verify any sightings.Always let someone know where you're going, what you're doing and what time you'll expect back. You could as an extra precaution tell them you will call them every couple of hours. If you don't call them and they can't reach you they can then take appropriate action to make sure you're OK.
Get the right equipment.
If you experience paranormal activity, you’re going to want proof and that means having the right equipment for the job. Always take a camera and a tape recorder in case you see or hear something supernatural and make sure all your batteries are charged and you have plenty of spares.
Take a pen and paper to write down anything abnormal such as changes in temperature, flickering lights and unexplained noises.
It is worth noting that the better quality of the equipment the better recordings you will gain. You could try using an EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) with an external microphone to try and capture ghostly voices.
Another piece of equipment, widely used by professional ghost hunters, is an EMF meter. Spirits can be detected by interrupting or creating their own electromagnetic fields and EMF metres can detect extremely weak static, electric and magnetic fields. You might also consider talking to the spirit world whilst you’re investigating, encouraging the ghost to reveal its presence. It is recommended that you act as though you know the spirits are there, asking questions such as, ‘What is your name?’, rather than, ‘Is there anyone there?’
You should always learn to trust your sixth sense and if you think you feel something paranormal then you should attempt to gain evidence. Take photographs randomly in different directions as this can be a very effective way of capturing unexpected activity. Take a look at our Equipment page.
Always stay safe.
Ghost Hunting can be fun, interesting, and memorable. But the last thing you want is to get into trouble or even worse injured. Abandoned buildings can be dangerous and unstable so if there's a barrier or tape cordoning an area off don't go in there. Make sure you take with you the following: Torch, Mobile phone, Walkie Talkie, Water and a first Aid kit. As said earlier always do a trip round the building to check where it's safe or not and don't go in places where you think there is the slightest risk of injury.